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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as Music Director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C., writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich., and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006, and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs Daisy and Clementine and their son. In his free time Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling, and exploring nature.
High Valley, JT Hodges
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High Valley vs. JT Hodges – The Showdown

The string of artists High Valley has taken down during their Showdown run would make a great country festival lineup. Last night, 'Love You for a Long Time' ousted Kix Brooks' new single. That's after online and telephone voting on Taste of Country Nights radio led to wins over songs from Clay Walker and Little Big Town. Perhaps it will take another country newcomer to oust the brother trio's single?

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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan
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2012 CMA Awards Performers

The 2012 CMA Awards performers are beginning to be announced. The November 1 show in Nashville promises to feature the hottest superstars and country newcomers, as well as a few surprise collaborations. With artists like Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town leading the nominees, the ABC broadcast should be one a country music fan won't want to miss. 

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Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney
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Darius Rucker vs. Kenny Chesney – The Showdown

It's a superstar Showdown to begin the week. After making short work of Craig Morgan on Friday, Darius Rucker is hoping his fans will take his new ballad 'True Believers' to win No. 4 of the five needed to advance to the Showdown Hall of Fame. With Kenny Chesney in the opposite corner, voting online and on the phone at  Taste of Country Nights radio promises to reach all-time highs. 

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Curtis Grimes, ‘Smile’ – Song Review

It's been 15 months since Curtis Grimes was eliminated from 'The Voice.' The Team Cee Lo singer has been playing live around Texas and the southeast while honing his songwriting chops. Country music was something of a plan B for the Texan, and while he shows pure talent, his new single 'Smile' proves there is still work to be done. 

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Brantley Gilbert vs. Justin Moore – The Showdown

Wednesday's Showdown was the most hotly contested song battle yet, with a record number of voters deciding Brantley Gilbert's 'Kick It in the Sticks' should move on to face a new challenger on Thursday and Thursday night on Taste of Country Nights radio. The rowdy party song topped multi-day champion Gary Allan and his new song 'Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).'

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Gary Allan, Kix Brooks
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Gary Allan vs. Kix Brooks – The Showdown

There's a new Showdown champion. Gary Allan's fans united and took his new single 'Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)' to the next round with heavy online voting and phone input at Taste of Country Nights. The hopeful ballad doubled up 'Don't Ya' by Brett Eldredge on Friday night. Today, Allan will face a country legend. 

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Charlie Daniels
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Charlie Daniels Band to Rework ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ for ‘Monday Night Football’ Open

One country legend will replace another as the Charlie Daniels Band takes a turn at opening up 'Monday Night Football' on ESPN next week. Daniels has reworked 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' for the broadcast's opening theme. It appears to be a one game only engagement.

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Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton
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New Country Music Releases – October 2012

October is the biggest month for new country music yet, with eight different albums from the biggest superstars in Nashville scheduled to hit stores. Included in the new country music releases section for October 2012 are projects from Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Jerrod Niemann

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